practices the Headstand for three hours daily, conquers time".
Often referred to as the "King of asanas', the Headstand is considered by many to be a panacea for many human ills. Usually practiced as the first of the twelve basic asanas, immediately after the Sun Salutation, the Headstand is one of the most powerful asanas for body and mind. Mastering the Head stand requires a little strength, but is mainly a matter of conquering your fears and believing that you can do it.
Physical Benefits of the Headstand
The Headstand gives a much deserved rest to the heart and circulatory system by inverting the body and keeping it in a straight line.
- The heart needs only to pump the blood with enough force for it to reach the feet. Gravity helps to return the venous blood to the heart.
- People who practice Sirshasana on a regular basis tend to have slow rates of respiration and heart beat. This indicates that the respiratory and circulatory systems are strong and flexible.
- The brain, spinal cord and sympathetic nervous system are supplied with an increased flow of blood rich in nutrients. Inverting the body enhances deep breathing, bringing increased oxygen supply to the brain.
- As a result of the brain receiving a rich supply of nutrients, all body functions are toned and enhanced. Disorders of the nerves, eyes, ears, nose and throat are improved.
- Persons suffering from varicose veins will feel relief as stagnant blood drains from the lower extremities. Sirshasana is also a remedy for renal colic, and stubborn constipation.
- Pressure is relieved on the lower back. When the body is inverted, the cervical and thoracic (upper) parts of the back take more pressure; the lumbar and sacral areas (lower back) are relieved of much of their usual burden.
- The Headstand combats dropped stomach and nervous or hepatic asthma.